About: Oettinger

Energy 03-05-2013

Oettinger fuels speculation of a second-term bid

EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is keen on the idea of a second term after his current mandate ends in 2014, but would also consider a career in the private sector, EURACTIV has learned.
Energy 30-04-2013

Twitter row after Oettinger dubs UK nuclear plans ‘Soviet’

A prominent clean energy campaigner has been banned from the European Energy Forum after tweeting remarks made by the EU’s energy commissioner describing the UK’s plan to hand out long-term contracts to nuclear companies as “Soviet”.
EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2012

Oettinger calls for re-industrialisation strategy

Policies governing the European Union's drive towards a low-carbon economy should not lose sight of the need to retain the bloc's industrial base, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said in a newspaper column today (16 July).
Energy 14-07-2011

Whodunit? Energy Efficiency Directive gutted

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger abandoned the proposal to oblige power companies to reduce customers' energy use, effectively gutting the EU's long-awaited Energy Efficiency Directive, argue Brook Riley and Erica Hope.
Energy 13-05-2011

EU countries divided over nuclear stress tests

France and Britain, the two EU countries with the largest nuclear industry, strongly opposed stringent stress tests on nuclear power plants following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger's proposal to introduce them was sponsored by Austria, a country without nuclear energy, and backed by Germany.
Climate change 15-04-2011

Europe can make 30% emissions cuts, EU figures show

A 30% cut in greenhouse gas emissions is possible by 2020 if Europe meets its efficiency targets, according to the maths used by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.
Global Europe 18-03-2011

EU offers to help cool down Fukushima reactors

The EU will formally offer to help Japan cool down stricken reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the European Commission announced today (18 March). The issue will be discussed in more depth at an extraordinary meeting of EU energy ministers to be held on Monday.
Energy 18-02-2011

EU pushes pipeline merger in Southern gas corridor

EU officials are pushing for a merger of two strategic pipeline projects – Nabucco and its smaller Italian rival ITGI – to help secure gas supplies from Azerbaijan to Europe, according to news wire reports yesterday (17 February). The European Commission later confirmed it was encouraging projects in the 'Southern Gas Corridor' to cooperate.
Energy 11-02-2011

Oettinger plans energy roadshow amid doubts on EU communication

As experts increasingly express doubts about the EU's "hesitations" and communications failures, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has announced plans for an "energy roadshow".
Med & South 10-12-2010

Nabucco in ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle for Azeri gas

Pressure is growing on the Nabucco consortium to reveal its hand over its tender for Azeri gas. The winner, to be announced in April, will be master of Europe's Southern Gas Corridor, designed to bring gas from sources other than Russia.
Energy 08-12-2010

US cable portrays Oettinger as ‘unloved lame duck’

Günther Oettinger, the EU's energy commissioner, comes in for heavy criticism in a leaked cable recently released by WikiLeaks, which sees his promotion to Brussels portrayed as a move primarily aimed at getting rid of an embarrassing ally.
Energy 07-10-2010

Oettinger values EU 2020 energy goals at €1 trln

Europe needs to spend one trillion euros over the next decade on overhauling its energy system to reduce pollution and ensure supply, EU energy chief Günther Oettinger is expected to warn in the next few weeks.
Public Affairs 17-08-2010

Oettinger under fire for failing to disclose side activities

EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is under fire as public prosecutors in Stuttgart examine whether he lied in his declaration of interests about side activities. Oettinger is the only commissioner to have changed his declaration – and he has been forced to do so twice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 26-07-2010

Pay Eastern Europe to cut emissions and move to 30%

Europe can increase its emissions reduction target if it finds ways to redirect funding from Western to Eastern European countries, which oppose the move to a more ambitious commitment to fight climate change, writes David Buchan from the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.